Mactan bridge repairs start today-A A +A
Monday, February 11, 2013
STEEL railings and a part of the bridge that was damaged after a 10-wheeler dump truck fell from the Marcelo Fernan Bridge last week will be repaired starting today.
Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will try to repair the damaged part of the bridge without causing too much inconvenience to drivers and commuters.
Last Tuesday, an Isuzu truck loaded with limestone slid back while going uphill on its way to Lapu-Lapu City. It fell from the bridge and landed upright on the road below, causing injuries to the driver.
The cost of repairs is estimated at P774,000, said Magpale, because some of the materials the DPWH will use are imported.
She also said the authorities have contacted the owner of the truck for the repair and will bill him for the expenses.
Magpale said the bridge board was supposed to meet with the DPWH on Feb. 13 to discuss a more comprehensive repair of the bridge, one of two that connect mainland Cebu and Lapu-Lapu City.
Magpale said they decided to fix the damage first.
The DPWH is seeking approval from the Metro Cebu Bridge Management Board (MCBMB) to remove and replace dilapidated portions of the asphalt pavement on the bridge.
The DPWH has signed an P18-million contract with PLD Construction to replace the asphalt and corroded bars and steel trusses.
It has yet to finish the project, reportedly for lack of funds.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 11, 2013.